Firefighters are battling to extinguish an inferno on a superyacht in Torquay.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says it has five fire appliances at the scene of the blaze, which has ripped though the 85ft vessel.
Dramatic footage circulating on social media shows black smoke and flames enveloping the white yacht, anchored in Torquay, Devon.
Crews are working with our partners, dealing with a boat fire at Torquay Marina.
Please avoid the area.
Due to the smoke plume and fumes, local residents and businesses are being asked to keep doors and windows closed. https://t.co/LhsCULvLV3
— Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (@DSFireUpdates) May 28, 2022
“The boat is believed to be well alight and had broken from the mooring. It has now been secured by the Fire service near the pier.
“There have been no reported injuries at this time.
“Emergency services remain at the scene where the incident is ongoing.
“Due to levels of smoke and fumes we are asking residents in the area to keep their doors and windows shut at this time.
“Members of the public are also urged to avoid the area and beaches are being cleared by officers for public safety.”
Drew Parkinson, Coastguard area commander for South Devon & South-East Cornwall Coastline, tweeted: “We currently have Coastguards from across Devon and Cornwall assisting (police) with a full closure of Torquay seafront.
“Please avoid this area.”
Cat Jones, a Liberal Democrat member of Torbay Council who witnessed the blaze, tweeted: “A yacht is on fire by Torquay marina it’s like a fire ball!”